15 Sep 2020

80 Years ago today, the tide began to turn

Today is Battle of Britain Day, a day that marks a pivotal point in the battle for air supremacy that saw the Royal Air Force emerge victorious against the larger forces of the Luftwaffe.

In winning the Battle, the RAF stopped Hitler’s invasion plans, preserved this country as the embarkation point for the Normandy landings in 1944 and probably shortened World War 2, saving countless lives in the process.

The bravery and sacrifice of the Few, the men of the RAF who took part in the Battle, is honoured at the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne. Unfortunately, thanks to the Government’s new Covid-19 restrictions, the Trust will not be able to hold the usual short Service of Remembrance at the site, but our thoughts will turn to the debt we owe the Few and we will pause in respect at 11am.

The two video links below offer a fantastic insight into the Battle of Britain, while below is a short resume of the day and how it unfolded.

On 15 September 1940, Göring gave the green light for two of the… Read more

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7 Sep 2020

PT instructors smash fund-raising challenge

PT instructors from RAF Cosford finished a fund-rasing challenge on behalf of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in well under their target time, and are well on the way to raising an impressive £1,400 for the charity. The serving RAF members wore Memorial Trust tee-shirts during their ‘Spitfire 80-miler’ relay walk around the RAF […]… Read more

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31 Aug 2020

Autumn talks postponed

Our exciting series of autumn talks, already postponed from the spring by the coronavirus crisis, has now been moved back to next year. Although the Trust delayed the decision for as long as possible, it has now come to the conclusion that the sensible decision is to delay the talks in order to protect the […]… Read more

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27 Aug 2020

Planning well underway for charity run

Author and photographer Jonny Cracknell visited the Memorial recently to firm up his plans for an ambitious charity run to honour the Few during this 80th anniversary year. Jonny, who will be leading a small team that will be running 80 miles in five days, finishing at the Memorial, met Site Manager Jules Gomez and […]… Read more

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25 Aug 2020

PT instructors face 80-mile challenge for the Trust

A group of super-fit PT instructors from RAF Cosford will be putting their training to the test when they complete an 80-mile challenge in aid of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. The serving RAF members will be wearing Trust tee-shirts during their ‘Spitfire 80-miler’ relay walk around the RAF Cosford running track while carrying […]… Read more

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11 Aug 2020

Running for the Few

Author and photographer Jonny Cracknell is planning an ambitious charity run to honour the Few during this 80th anniversary year, finishing at the Battle of Britain Memorial. Jonny, who last year published a biography of Flight Lieutenant Archie McInnes entitled Against Adversity, will be leading a small team that will run 80 miles in five […]… Read more

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13 Jul 2020

We’re opening this Friday!

At last! The Trust is delighted to announce that The Wing is now fully Covid-19 prepared and will be easing back towards opening from this coming Friday (17 July). We are committed to making sure our staff, volunteers and visitors are safe and so while we are keen to see you all again, we are […]… Read more

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9 Jul 2020

Set your alarm for Sunday!

We are getting very excited about our virtual Memorial Day, scheduled for this coming Sunday (12 July) at 11am. Of course we would rather see you all at the site, enjoying  the colour and atmosphere that is such a great part of this yearly commemoration, but having seen a sneak preview of the online version, […]… Read more

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6 Jul 2020

Don’t miss our very special online Day

Plans are coming together for a ‘virtual’ Memorial Day on Sunday (12 July) that will allow supporters around the world to join us as we  highlight the bravery and sacrifice of the Few. This special day, which will mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain, will include unique footage of […]… Read more

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